The Gulfstar 60 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Gulfstar 60, a centre-cockpit cutter, was designed by R. C. Lazzarra and built in the USA by Gulfstar Yachts.

'Sudiki', a Gulfstar 60 sailboat at anchor in Simpson Bay, Ste Maarten in the CaribbeanA Gulfstar 60

Published Specification for the Gulfstar 60

  • Hull Type: Fin keel and skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 60'6" (18.4m)
  • Waterline Length: 48'4" (14.7m)
  • Beam: 16'0" (4.9m)
  • Draft: 9'0" (2.7m)
  • Rig Type: Cutter
  • Displacement: 60,020lb (27,225kg)
  • Designer: R. C. Lazzarra
  • Builder: Gulfstar Yachts
  • Year First Built: 1981
  • Year Last Built: 1986
  • Number Built: 15
  • Owners Association: Gulfstar Owners Club

Published Design Ratios for the Gulfstar 60

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.5

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 28.3

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 237

4. Comfort Ratio: 44.5

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.6

Read more about these Key Performance Indicators...

Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Gulfstar 60

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 16.5 suggests that the Gulfstar 60 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 28.3 means that a sailboat like the Gulfstar 60 (which doesn't have its ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of a deep keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 237, tells us the Gulfstar 60 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 44.5 suggests that crew comfort of a Gulfstar 60 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a heavy bluewater cruising boat. Pitching and rolling will be well damped - your cup of coffee on the salon table stands a reasonable chance of staying there in most conditions.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.6 tells us that a Gulfstar 60 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Gulfstar 60 Below Decks...

Gulfstar 60 accommodation layoutGulfstar 60 accommodation layout

The Gulfstar 60 sailboat has a spacious and comfortable interior that can sleep up to eight people in four cabins. It has a large owner's cabin aft with an ensuite head and shower, two guest cabins forward with another head and shower, and a crew cabin in the bow with a separate head. It also has a roomy saloon with a U-shaped dinette and a settee, a well-equipped galley with a stove, oven, fridge, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher, and a navigation station with ample storage and electronics.


Cruisers' Questions about this Sailboat...

What are the different versions of the Gulfstar 60 sailboat?

There are two main versions of the Gulfstar 60 sailboat: the standard version and the shoal draft version. The standard version has a draft of 2.7 m, while the shoal draft version has a draft of 1.88 m. There is also a keel/centerboard version with a draft of 3.81 m when the board is down. Additionally, there is a tall rig version with a higher mast and more sail area.

How much does the Gulfstar 60 sailboat cost?

The price of the Gulfstar 60 sailboat depends on its condition, age, location, and equipment. As of July 2023, there are two Gulfstar 60 sailboats for sale in the United States, with prices ranging from $237,071 to $268,966.

What is the auxiliary power of the Gulfstar 60 sailboat?

The Gulfstar 60 sailboat is equipped with a Perkins 6354T diesel engine that delivers 165 HP. It has a fuel capacity of 946 litres, which gives it an excellent range under power.

How many people can it accommodate?

The Gulfstar 60 can accommodate up to six people in three cabins, according to the layout plan shown above. The MK I version has a master cabin with a queen berth, a guest cabin with a V-berth, and a third cabin with upper and lower berths. The MK II version has two guest cabins with double berths and a master cabin with a queen berth.

Each cabin has storage space and ventilation. There are also two heads with showers and toilets. The saloon can seat eight people comfortably around the dinette and the settee. The galley is well-equipped with a stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, sink, and ample counter space. The navigation station has a large chart table and instruments.

The cockpit is spacious and has a bimini top for shade. The Gulfstar 60 also has a water capacity of 1,249 litres and a fuel capacity of 946 litres. It is a large and luxurious sailboat that offers comfort and performance for long-distance cruising or chartering.

The above answers were drafted by sailboat-cruising.com using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.


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